New OSU Bee Lab Varroa Mite Webinar

The Bee Lab at The Ohio State University has made available a Webinar entitledMite Check: Using Beekeeper Citizen Science to Transmit Bee Health Information, Not Varroa destructorby Becky Masterman, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Bee Squad Associate Director. A PDF handout is also available for download here.

On the above webpage under “UMN Bee Lab” find the following:
  Pest Manual PDF, UMN
  Varroa mite test kit, UMN
   Powdered Sugar Roll instruction sheet, UMN 
And links to Honey Bee Health Coalition and Varroa management links, OSU Bee Lab are also posted.

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Entomology Bee Lab has also posted videos with the following video titles:
 Hiving Bees in Rain and Sleet
 Looking into a New Colony
 Looking at a Frame
 Adding a Brood Box
 Adding a Second Super
 Working Bees Without Gloves
 A Few Words about Comb
 On Frames and Foundation
 Finding the Queen

Links to Historical Bee and Beekeeping Literature

If you have noticed, our newsletter’s editor has an inclination for historical bee and beekeeping literature. If your historic interest parallels that of our editor’s, as it does mine, then I have just the links for you. The last page of January 2017 issue of the Alamance County Beekeepers Newsletter featured a copy of the last page of Volume 1 from the January 1861 issue of The American Bee Journal entitled “Monthly Management.” This page was retrieved from “The Hive and the Honeybee” digital collection that is part of the Everett Franklin Phillips Beekeeping Collection housed in the Mann Library at Cornell University. This site includes access to the complete digital volumes of the The American Bee Journal published between 1861 and 1900. Once a volume is selected from HERE the format for viewing that document can be selected from the menu item entitled “Format” either as an image or text or PDF. Note that text search boxes are available. Currently online there are 48 books and 30 volumes of The American Bee Journal published between 1861 and 1900. 

Another website that may pique your interest can be found HERE at The Charles C. Miller Apicultural Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that currently includes digitized copies of the following 14 beekeeping serial titles HERE:

Western bee-keeper
New England Apiarian
Beekeepers instructor
National Bee Gazette
North American Bee Journal
Queen Breeders Journal
California Apiculturist
White Mountain Apiarist
Pacific States Bee Journal
Western Bee Journal
Pacific Bee Journal
Nebraska Beekeeper
Moon’s Busy Bee

Enjoy some winter reading!

Recent November Happenings

If you attended our last meeting, we were treated to four different presentations. Our President, Ira Poston, initially introduced Mr. Richard French, the coach for FIRST LEGO League team of four kids from Alamance County. Each year r_first_lego_league FIRST LEGO League team at the ready to test their smoker fuel. (Photo: Richard French)[/caption]


Lighting the fuel puck. (Photo: Geoff Leister)

The next three presentations during our meeting by 1st-year beekeepers Sally Bryan & Darrell Holt and 2nd-year beekeeper Zivon Price were both informative and entertaining.

During the Burlington Christmas Parade on November 19th the Alamance County Beekeepers introduced Sweet Betsy (aka Jennifer Welsh) to the city. Our mascot’s name is from the native red flowered sweet betsy bush (christmas-parade-2016-sweet-betsy-4

During the parade Sweet Betsy was transported in Randy Stinson’s float (aka BMW). Sweet Betsy made her first appearance to the public during the Farm-To-Table event on September 20th & 21st at Historic Cedarock Park. Members Ira Poston, Corey Gillespie, Mike Ross, Randy Stinson, and Charles Black also participated as some 800 fourth graders experienced ever so briefly the wonders of honey bees, beekeeping and pollination services.


North Carolina State Fair Booth 2016

Members Zivon Price and Sheyenne Michelizzi assembled and created the following display that was delivered to the fair grounds on Tuesday, October 11 with the help of Ira Poston. 


Photo by Zivon Price

Our booth received 4th place overall.
Zivon & Sheyenne’s display of Geoff Leister’s (No.’s 1 – 12) Nectar and Pollen producing plants received a 1st place. Posted images HERE.

Geoff Leister’s Black & White photo (No. 13) received a 3rd place ribbon
Mike Ross: Chunk Honey received a 3rd place ribbon.
Keith Elkes: Pure Beeswax received a 2nd place ribbon.
Sylvia Willis: Gift Basket received a 6th place ribbon.

Honey Bee Swarming Chart

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It is free and downloadable as a PDF from Vita Europe after you register your name, email address, country, zip code and select a password:  HERE  This gives you access to an amazing group of 100’s of honey bee, bee, plant, and beekeeping related images. It is well worth a look. You may have used Vita’s Apiguard or Apistan products for control of Varroa mites.

New Links Added to Resources

I have added several NEW links to our Resources webpage that you are invited to explore. First, the following link was suggested to me by visitors using our Resources page to further their interest in honey bees, beekeeping and insects in general. Through additional research they discovered A Guide to Beekeeping from Flowers to Harvesting and they wanted to share this helpful resource with our members.
The Strathcona Beekeepers Association of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada are “dedicated to the support of bees (both native and honey) and beekeepers. Their site is “intended to be a resource for gardeners, educators, farmers, beekeepers and anyone interested in creating a healthy, sustainable environment.” I have added the links to their menu entitled “The Beekeepers’ Library.” This is a “must see” webpage that will take you hours & hours of your time to examine and digest. In addition, I added a link to “A Quick Reference Guide to Honey Bee Parasites, Pests, Predators, and Diseases” from Penn State.


Star Tribune Documentary: “Bees at the Brink”

The following links lead to an extremely well written 4 part documentary that includes amazing images and imbedded videos posted on Star Tribune website. Enjoy!

Nature’s Dying Migrant Worker Part 1
Battle For Our Hearts And Mind Part 2
Fields Of Green A Desert For Bees Part 3
A Scientist’s Aim: Save The Bees Part 4

For a clearly presented explanation of the Waggle Dance be sure watch this 5-minute video on the Waggle Dance on Vimeo HERE.